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On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) welcomed a diverse panel of global road safety experts for the 2017 International Symposium on Road Safety and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Adnan Hyder welcomed the symposium guests, comprised by both in-person and virtual livestream attendees, before Associate Director Abdul Bachani outlined the goals of the morning’s event.

Gayle DiPietro, a former Global Manager at Global Road Safety Partnership and current independent road safety consultant, introduced the four panelists, and moderated the conversation. The event featured a panel of experts to discuss global road safety and implementing sustainable development goals in low- and middle-income countries including:

  • Flavio Jose Cravieiro Cunto, Associate Professor, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
  • Coung Pham, Associate Professor, Center for Injury Policy and Prevention Research, Hanoi School of Public Health, Vietnam
  • Francis Afukaar, Chief Research Scientist, Building and Road Research Institute, Ghana
  • KV Krishna Rao, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

The presentations demonstrated the importance of a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral response to the death and injury burden of road safety consistent with the SDGs.

JH-IIRU Assistant Scientist Connie Hoe wrapped up the symposium with closing remarks and thanked panelists and audience members. The seminar is available here.

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JH-IIRU Associate Director Abdul Bachani provides an overview of the symposium as panelists prepare for their presentations.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention, is proud to join WHO and partners in celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Reflecting a growing understanding that the burden of disability is increasing globally, IDPD celebrates “a day for all.” According to WHO, approximately 15% of the world’s population experiences some form of disability; and more than 90% of these individuals live in low- and middle-income countries. This disproportionate distribution of burden has consequences for individuals with disabilities, their families, and society as a whole.
 
The JH-IIRU leadership team and its faculty and staff embrace this day’s importance, acknowledging the burden of disability associated not only with injuries but also communicable and non-communicable diseases. With more than one billion people affected, a special emphasis must remain on working in this area.
 
Here at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, JH-IIRU will continue to work towards identifying effective solutions to the growing burden of disabilities in low- and middle-income populations, influence public policy and practice, and advance the field of injury prevention throughout the world for all.
 
Please join JH-IIRU on social media (Facebook, Twitter) to share how you are celebrating “a day for all.”

On June 1-2, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) organized its first workshop as part of the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program (JHU-Hanoi-TRIP). The workshop focused on injury prevention and was held in collaboration with Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH). More than 20 people from various universities, institutes, and hospitals attended the workshop held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The objectives of the workshop were to: Demonstrate basic knowledge of the incidence, etiology and impact of trauma and injuries on individuals and society; identify basic methods for key research around trauma and injury; and identify data sources, primary data collection and data management for trauma and injuries. 

Dr. Abdul Bachani, associate director of JH-IIRU, attended the workshop remotely. Dr. Bachani opened the workshop by providing an overview of the frameworks and principles of injury prevention. He also discussed data sources for trauma and injuries alongside Dr. Cuong Pham, director of the Center for Injury Policy and Prevention Research (CIPPR) at HSPH. Next, JH-IIRU assistant scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li, presented on the role of data in identifying the burden of injuries.

On the second day of the workshop, participants and facilitators took part in a field exercise where they collected observational data on helmet use. After the exercise, Dr. Li led a session on data management where participants were able to use the data they collected from the field.

Read more about the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program here.

Workshop with Hanoi School of Public Health

Dr. Qingfeng Li with HSPH faculty and workshop participants 

On May 10-11, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty, including Drs. Adnan Hyder, Abdul Bachani and Nino Paichadze together with colleagues from Makerere University School of Public Health, Drs. Olive Kobusingye and Milton Mutto, participated in a Fogarty International Center (FIC) Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Networking Meeting in Rockville, MD. The goal of the meeting was to highlight the FIC grantees under the Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan Program. The meeting consisted of workshops, oral presentations and poster presentations from both researchers and trainees.

Dr. Hyder panel discussion

Dr. Hyder participates in a panel discussion 

On the first day of the two-day meeting, Dr. Hyder presented “Building Capacity for Injury Research: A Case Study from Uganda” to highlight the results and achievements of the Johns Hopkins University-Makerere University Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injury and Disability in Uganda (Chronic TRIAD) Program. Following his presentation, Dr. Hyder participated in a panel discussion alongside Dr. Isabel Scarinci, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Dr. Gail Wyatt, University of California, Los Angeles; Dr. Erausquin, University of South Florida and Dr. Kobusingye, Makerere University.  On the second day of the meeting, the Chronic TRIAD project team presented a poster.

The objectives of the meeting were to: provide a forum for both researchers and trainees to share their research findings through talks and posters; provide opportunities for investigators to network with each other and deepen the collective understanding of research capacity building at in-country sites and engage in thoughtful discussion about current and future work.

To read more about the Chronic TRIAD program, please click here.

Drs. Nino Paichadze, Abdul Bachani and Olive Kobusingye

Drs. Nino Paichadze, Abdul Bachani and Olive Kobusingye

On May 2, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research (JH-IIRU) faculty, including Drs. Adnan Hyder, Qingfeng Li, and Kunle Alonge, attended a Bloomberg Philanthropies meeting on drowning prevention in New York City. The objectives of the meeting were to: highlight the global burden of drowning; review current evidence on drowning prevention interventions; identify priority drowning prevention gaps that need increased attention and discuss communications strategies to raise global awareness of drowning prevention.

At the meeting, Michael Bloomberg, World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced a $25 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global drowning prevention program.

The first phase of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ drowning program was launched in 2012 and focused on two countries – Bangladesh and the Philippines. The Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) in Bangladesh project aimed to reduce the shocking number of childhood deaths due to drowning in the South Asian country. This study allowed researchers from JH-IIRU to examine how lives could be saved using a package of interventions, including playpens and community daycares, for children under five years of age. The program found that community-based daycares are very effective in preventing drowning in children under five. On May 2, Bloomberg Philanthropies released a video that documents the work conducted by Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and local organizations to reduce drowning deaths in Bangladesh. JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, is featured in the powerful video.

The second phase of the program will expand the use of daycares and support survival swimming in Vietnam. In addition, the program will continue to support community-based daycares in Bangladesh, and will pursue funding to incorporate daycare into national government programs. The program will also implement national drowning surveys in two countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Bloomberg Philanthropies will be working with several partners in this effort, including Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for implementation and monitoring through 2022.

During the meeting, Drs. Adnan Hyder and Kunle Alonge presented current and new evidence on primary drowning prevention strategies, including daycares and barriers. In addition, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the World Health Organization released Preventing drowning: an implementation guide. The report provides a range of effective drowning prevention strategies and highlights ways to harness public awareness and engagement to strengthen drowning prevention interventions.

Read more about Bloomberg Philanthropies’ drowning prevention program here.

A community-based daycare in Bangladesh

Dr. Adnan Hyder, Dr. Kelly Henning and local collaborators visit a community-based daycare

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